Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (web | tweet)
Publication Date: December 19, 2012
Audience: Mature Young Adult / New Adult
Keywords: adopted MC, attraction, secrecy and lies
Format read: E-book purchased for my kindle.
Summary: Sky’s never fallen for anyone before. When she randomly meets Holder at the grocery store, a whirlwind relationship begins — they have undeniable chemistry, but quarrel constantly. Unbeknownst to Sky, when Holder appears in her life, so will a flood of unwanted memories and tons of questions.
Holder and Sky. Two characters with one of the most crazy, intoxicating relationships ever.
While out and about grocery shopping, Sky meets Holder. They have an awkward encounter in the parking lot where Holder comes off as a bit of a wacko. Later that evening during her run, Sky stops for a breather in front of Holder’s house. (She had no clue he lived there. Honest!) This begins the series of hot and cold interactions between the two — they bicker and argue like an old married couple.
Always distant and emotionally-removed when making out with someone, Sky desperately wants to figure out why Holder (of all people) makes her heart beat faster and why she’s insta-attracted to him. She’s never felt anything for anyone. Ever. Sky and her best friend, Six, usually have short flings with boys and then toss them aside and move on. Sky describes her make-out sessions as numbing and she counts the glow-in-the-dark stars on her ceiling the entire time.
Sky is intelligent, funny, and pretty bad ass. She doesn’t let people push her around. Even when she’s being bullied at school for a reputation that is based on lies, she doesn’t give into the peer pressure or let it get to her. And Holder. He confused me a bit because I wasn’t sure if he could be trusted in the beginning. At times, I wondered if Holder was a little unstable. (BUT if I had read the back-of-the-book summary, I would have realized I was misreading his behavior and he was the least of my concerns.) After I began to understand Holder’s erratic personality, I realized I was in trouble. Oh, dang. He’s sexy and deep and takes time to think things through before he speaks them aloud. He always seems to know the right thing to say, even if he’s not sure what to do or what his action should be. Holder is the kind of boy that most of us girls hope to be with.
The witty banter between these two made me wish I were snappier and more clever with my responses. Needless to say, their relationship progresses pretty quickly and with that comes lots of passion wrapped up in the first 60% of the book. Tension, tension. Holy smokes, the tension.
And then there’s the twist.
Things take a 90-degree turn and our focus is completely redirected. The intensity is pushed to the extreme. Everything Sky knew and trusted is flipped upside down. There are secrets and lies — so much to keep the reader sailing through the pages to piece Sky’s story together. I’m not uttering a single word about any of this because I loved that I couldn’t figure out any of Hoover’s twists and turns.
In addition to the toe-curling love story and whiplash-inducing drama, you’ll love all the secondary characters, too. Six is an integral part of the story even though she fulfills her best friend role from afar (studying abroad). Sky’s new gay, Mormon best friend, Breckin, will make you laugh out loud and wish you had someone like him to bring you coffee every day. He’s so carefree and comfortable in his own skin, and while not a major player in the story, he really helps it progress. And Karen, Sky’s adoptive mother, may seem overprotective with all of her rules about watching no TV and maintaining a very … unique … diet, at her core she’s caring and so loving.
Hopeless is a sexy, passionate, and addictive story that you won’t want to put down. (I swear you’ll think about Holder and Sky when you’re forced to abandon Hopeless temporarily.) The e-book is well-worth every cent of its $3.99 price-tag.
(Oh, and fans of Hopeless — get excited! Hoover is writing the story from Holder’s POV and is expected to be out in July!)